When we travel to a new city, we love to explore the local museums and see what is unique about each area. On our recent visit to Springfield, Massachusetts, we were excited to visit the Naismith Hall of Fame and Springfield Armory, but we didn’t know about all the Springfield Museums. Fortunately, we talked to the Springfield Tourism Office who told us about the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden and the Springfield Museums.
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Visiting the Springfield Museums
The Springfield Museums is a collection of four museums: George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield Science Museum, The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Springfield History and of course, the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden. Admission for each of the museums is included in one ticket purchase.
The Springfield Science Museum
The Springfield Science Museum is a place where you can stay all day and has something for everyone! From minerals and dinosaurs to African animals or even an entire exhibit dedicated to ‘poop’ based on the book by Walter Lynch, The Scoop on Poop.
On the bottom floor of the Science Museum, the kids had the opportunity to learn about eggs from one of the museum volunteers.
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
We love exposing our children to things that are outside of our typical life routines. Visiting an art museum is not something we do every day, but it is something that we think is important. The Art Museum in Springfield offered us the opportunity to expose our family to some of the great names that they study in school and need to know on the Quick Recall Academic Team.
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts had works from as far back as the 1300’s. Being able to view art pieces that were created more than 700 years ago is something that helps us get perspective on the true classics.
Not only did we get to appreciate the beauty, the unusual pieces and yes, sometimes even the comical pieces of art from artists that we had never heard of, the museum also gave us the chance to see up close works from famous artists like Picasso and Monet.
Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History is a great place to explore and learn but also a place of serious fun!
From Indian Motorcycles, Rolls Royce, Smith and Wesson Arms and Hasbro Gameland, there is something for everyone!
The Indian Motocycle Collection is the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. The Firearms Collection includes more than 1600 firearms, with the largest collection of Smith & Wesson guns in the world. The Automobile Collection includes an 1899 Knox, a 1901 Crestmobile, a 1925 Rolls-Royce roadster, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce roadster.
Visit the Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103